Lorelei Schmitt (FR) and Alessandro Heammerle (AUT) win today´s Snowboardcross final

• Over 300 of the best young snowboarders from 36 countries are competing since Saturday in the FIS World Junior Snowboard Championship in Sierra Nevada. On Sunday, Lucas Eguibar the current European champion in Snowboardcross finished on the brilliant fifth position. Today´s champions are Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) and Lorelei Schmitt (FR).

Podium hombres Campeonatos del Mundo FIS Junior Sierra Nevada

Podium hombres Campeonatos del Mundo FIS Junior Sierra Nevada

Lorelei Schmitt (FR) and Alessandro Haemmerle (AUT) are the new FIS World Junior Champions in Snowboardcross (SBX). During the Sunday finals in Sierra Nevada, Heammerle reached the finish area before Jarry Hughe (AUS) and Jussi Taka (FIN), Daniel Morrissy (AUS) fourth. In ladies race Schmitt left behind her team colleague Charlotte Bankes on the second position. The Italian Michela Moioli obtained the bronze medal overtaking Faye Gulini.
This Sunday we saw exciting heats full of leaps, turns and dubbies where 32 men and 16 ladies were competing in preliminary rounds till the announcement of winners. The finals took place on the slope drawing well prepared by Sierra Nevada teams and technicians on the Villén slope prepared for the great show.
Lucas Eguibar, a junior with a long career ahead.
The bask rider from the RFEDI Snowboard national team, Lucas Eguibar, won his preliminary rounds before the quarter finals and in quarter final. He gave absolutely his best in the semifinals, but finished as third, had to face the final with a hard pressure and finished on the fifth position.
“In the semifinal I was left on the worst position, was trying to catch up, but swept on the wet snow and they were leaving me quite behind. Finally we reached the finish area on a very equal level and the judges had to decide by “photofinish”. A pity, as I was out of the final. Despite of all, the organization was perfect. They were working hard to leave the slope well prepared” said Eguibar after finishing the race. “I still have two years as junior, and even if I haven´t stood on the step, I´m happy with the fifth position in this World Championship. The season went well. I didn´t start well, but giving my best managed to catch up later. It´s been a hard season and now feel like getting some rest. My goals for the next season are competing in the Worldcup and qualify to Sochi 2014”.
According to Eduardo Roldán, the RFEDI President, the celebration of the World Junior Championship “is a continuity of a long sporting career for Sierra Nevada which organized it all on the very competitive level. That is one step, but not the only one. In 2015 the Winter Universiade will take place and we´re candidates for the Absolute World Championship in Snowboard and Freestyle.
“It is very important to maintain this chain of international sporting events with the emerging sports. We have great advantages, including the European Cup winner” adds Roldán. “It is basic to help the young athletes to achieve their goals in the sporting career. In Spain, there´s a visible need to balance winter and summer Olympic level, but taking the right steps we will achieve it. Being realistic, in RFEDI, we are working seriously with all the snow sports despite of the currents economic difficulties.
Roldán praised Lucas Eguibar: “ The Eguibar, Lucas and his sister Sara – who´s also in RFEDI – are both great winter athletes. They were trained in Candanchú. They were good in Alpine skiing, but since they passed to SB, the results prove that we have an important potential if the means will allow us.”
Sierra Nevada took the example of La Molina, where last year another large international Snowboard event, the Absolute World Championships, took place. Moreover it will host the World Cup test events till 2015 (including the next season´s decisive one which will see the winners).
In the World Junior Championships of Sierra Nevada the riders are competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze in five disciplines: Parallel Slalom (PS), Parallel Giant (PG), Snowboardcross (SBX), Slopestyle (SBS) y Halfpipe (HP). On Monday the HP qualifiers and Parallel training will take place.

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Schedule:

– Saturday 24th : opening oeremony. Snowboard-Cross qualifiers. Half pipe training.
– Sunday 25th: Snowboard-Cross finals; Halp pipe traning, Parallel Giant Slalom training
– Monday 26th: Half Pipe qualifiers. Parallel Slalom training
– Thuesday 27th: Half Pipe finals. Qualifiers and finals Parallel Giant Slalom.
– Wednesday 28th: Qualifiers and finals Parallel Slalom; Slopestyle training.
– Friday 30th: Slope Style qualifiers.
– Saturday 31st : Slopestyle finals. Closing ceremony.
Sunday 1st of April: Teams departure.

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